Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said during an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle that offensive lineman James Carpenter had arthroscopic surgery over a month ago.
Although Carroll did not specifically state it, it is presumed that Carpenter had work done on his surgically repaired knee.
Listen to the conversation here, which begins about 15 minutes in.
“Carp is on the road back,” Carroll said. “He had a minor, cleanup-surgery done about five, six weeks ago that was extremely successful. I just talked with him this morning. He feels great. He’s making all of the normal progress he’s supposed to make. He’s going to be battling for us.”
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Carroll went on to say that Carpenter is a bigger, more dynamic athlete than anyone on the roster at the guard spot, which shows up on the tape.
“He’ll roll right through guys,” Carroll said. “So when we get Carp back, that’s going to be a big deal for us.”
A first round selection for Seattle in the 2011 draft, Carpenter re-injured his surgically repaired knee during the opening series against Chicago last December, and was placed on reserve/non-football list on Dec. 4, 2012.
Carpenter, 24, made an impressive recovery from ACL reconstructive knee surgery that took place in December of 2011 after the University of Alabama product injured his knee in practice his rookie season.
Carpenter sat out the first three games of 2012 before taking the starting lineup at left guard at St. Louis. However, Carpenter never looked like his knee was 100 percent in six starts at left guard for Seattle last season. He also was inactive for two games last season due to concussion-like symptoms.
Carpenter has not participated in any on-field practices during the team’s offseason practices. But when healthy, Carpenter’s slated to start at left guard next to left tackle Russell Okung.